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Honeymoon Cruises and Scuba Dive in Maldives
I spent my honeymoon scuba diving and cruising in Maldives and I can say that it was one of the best diving holiday vacation I had in my life. My new bride, along with 20 diving buddies booked a diving cruise boat and went island hopping, diving and fishing for ten full days. The diving cruise boat was our accommodation and we do not even need to step on land except to explore some fishing villages on some of the remote islands.

Although there are many world class spas, hotels and resorts in Maldives such as the Banyan Tree Spa resort, we never get to stay in any of these spas. Well, I guess it will be an excuse for me to travel to the Maldives again to enjoy these spa resorts.

The atolls of Maldives were formed when millions of years ago, a great range of volcanoes rose from the floor of the Indian Ocean. As time passes, the volcanoes sunk back into the Indian Ocean leaving only coral reefs, the Maldivian atolls and islands that we see today. That is why Maldives is best known for its white sandy beaches, crystal blue lagoons teeming with marine life, a diver's paradise.

The country have no big land mass, but instead is made up of about 1200 coral islands with a total area of 104,000 sq kilometers, 99% of which is the sea. Of these islands, only slightly more than 200 of them are inhabited. Most of the islands are not more than six feet above sea level and scientists have warned that they are very susceptible to global warming and may one day, disappear into the ocean. There are already signs that this is happening.

Needless to say, the mainstay of the Maldivian economy is powered by the fishing and tourism industries. About 500,000 tourists arrive on these islands annually. The capital of Maldives is Male (pronounced as Ma-leh). Upon touching down on the airport, my group was whisked away by a fishing boat to another island because the capital is no larger than a few football fields and have one of the most dense population in the world.

Maldives has been an independent sovereign country except for a brief occupation by the Portuguese. It then became a British Protectorate in the mid-fifties and gained full independence in 965. It has been an Islamic country for more than 800 years.

During the Ming Dynasty, Chinese sailors called Maldives the "submerged mountains chain" and wrote commentaries about these islands.

If you enjoy vacations or intend to have your honeymoon cruises to tranquil tropical islands or simply love fishing and diving, then Maldives will be a great holiday vacation destination for you. Oh, I forgot to mention, if you are a seafood lover, I think there are no other place on Earth where you can get such a wide smorgasbord delicious mouth watering seafood, except in Maldives.
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